Your Dream Journey Israel, Jordan and Egypt by Charter Aircraft

Andrew Harper Travel Journey Overview


JERUSALEM, DEAD SEA, PETRA, LUXOR, ABU SIMBEL, CAIRO

Duration: 15 DAYS

Starting at: $38,795 Per Person, Double Occupancy; $6,950 Single Supplement

MARCH 2-16, 2020 & OCTOBER 12-26, 2020

Join our partners at Lakani World Tours along with an exclusive group of like-minded travelers as you step back in history and follow the trails of the ancient Jews, Romans, Nabateans, and Egyptians on this fascinating tour of the Middle East.

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DAY 1 Jerusalem, Israel

Upon arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, you are met by your Lakani representative who provides you with special VIP assistance through immigration and customs procedures. Then you are transferred to your landmark hotel in Jerusalem.
Settle into your room or perhaps explore the neighborhood or visit the hotel’s spa. This evening, meet your tour manager and your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner reception.

Accommodations: King David Hotel

DAY 2 Jerusalem, Israel

Start the day with a drive to the Mount of Olives for a sweeping view of Jerusalem. Then continue to Gethsemane, site of the Garden of Gethsemane, with ancient olive trees that are among the oldest in the world. See the Church of All Nations and the place where it is believed that Jesus prayed on the night he was betrayed and arrested. Visit the Grotto of the Betrayal and the Tomb of the Virgin Mary.
Next, enter the walled Old City via Zion Gate and proceed to the Jewish Quarter. At the Cardo see the ancient Roman road at the heart of the city and the restored Sephardic synagogues. View the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with columns. Proceed through the broad stone stairway down to the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall.
View the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aska Mosque, then walk along the Way of the Cross, through the markets of the Christian and Muslim Quarters. Inside the church, you can observe the intense devotion and prayer of worshipers, at the site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb of Christ. Exit the walled city, walking through the Muslim, Christian and Armenian Quarters. Arriving at the Southern Wall, see Robinson’s Arch before proceeding onto the Davidson Center and its superb 3D exhibit portraying life as it revolved around the Temple in ancient times.

Accommodations: King David Hotel

DAY 3 QUMRAN / MASADA & BETHLEHEM, ISRAEL

After breakfast, travel down to the Rift Valley, the lowest point on Earth, to visit the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Now a national park, the caves were used for storage purposes by the Essenes, a mystical Jewish sect that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Heading south, drive to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a cable-car up to explore this last Zealots stronghold. View Herod's palaces, baths and other excavations that tell the story of these dramatic events.
Next, drive to Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity, originally built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travel north to visit the ancient village of Ein Karem to see the Church of the Visitation, honoring the visit made by the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist.

Accommodations: King David Hotel

DAY 4 CAESAREA & HAIFA, ISRAEL

This morning, depart Jerusalem to drive north to the coastal city of Caesarea. Find a wealth of Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Crusader ruins in the area, as well as the harbor from which St. Paul was taken as a prisoner to Rome, bringing Christianity to the Western World. Near the excavated theater, you can see a partial inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate – this is the only non-biblical mention of his existence.
Next, follow the scenic coastal road north to Haifa, a modern seaport on the slopes of Mt. Carmel. Visit the prominent Bahai Shrine with its impressive immaculately landscaped gardens, and peaceful Stella Maris Monastery, a 19th-century Discalced Carmelite monastery.

Accommodations: King David Hotel

DAY 5 DEAD SEA, JORDAN

This morning, depart Jerusalem and Israel and travel over and via the Allenby Bridge into Jordan. The first stop is in Madaba, or "the City of Mosaics, " known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad Mosaics. See the famous 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
Continue to Um er Rasas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Um er Rasas is a rectangular walled city, fortified by the Romans and then the local Christians, who embellished it with Byzantine-style mosaics after the start of the Muslim Umayyad rule. Next, proceed to Mt Nebo, thought to be the burial place of Moses, and from where he viewed the Promised Land. From here, you can see across the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, over the Great Rift Valley, and the Dead Sea.
Late afternoon, arrive at a luxury resort on the shore of the Dead Sea.

Accommodations: Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

DAY 6 Dead Sea/Petra, Jordan

At 1,345 feet below sea level, the coast of the Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth. The sea is a large inland lake with the saltiest water anywhere in the world, almost six times as salty as ocean water. The area has a lovely white sand beach and your resort a plethora of relaxing amenities. This morning is at your leisure - enjoy a relaxing swim in the salty Dead Sea or the resort’s infinity pool. Or perhaps enjoy one of the mudbath treatments in the spa.
After lunch, travel along the 5,000-year-old Kings´ Highway bound for the Red Rose City of Petra, which lies on the edges of the mountainous desert of the Wadi Araba. The city is surrounded by towering hills of rust-colored sandstone, which gave it natural protection against invaders. The hotel is steps away from this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodations: Movenpick Resort Petra

DAY 7 Petra, Jordan

After breakfast, begin your exciting visit to Petra. Set in a canyon where the only entrance is a half-mile-long, narrow chasm, begin your excursion walking or by horseback. Travel between the rock walls, soaring upwards over 650 feet until the chasm opens up, and you are facing the picture-perfect Treasury building.
Continue exploring Petra on foot – touring the numerous remarkable structures.
Have lunch at the Basin restaurant located inside the Petra site. Choose to stay and explore more of Petra or return to relax at the hotel.

Accommodations: Movenpick Resort Petra

DAY 8 Luxor, Egypt

Early this morning depart Petra and drive to Wadi Rum, also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon.’ Board 4-wheel drive vehicles for a 2-hour Bedouin jeep ride. Explore this maze of monolithic rockscapes that rise from the desert floor to heights of 5,700 feet, towering between canyons and water holes. Enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces; explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4,000-year-old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store.
After your tour, drive to the Aqaba Airport, by the shores of the Red Sea, for our private charter flight to Luxor, Egypt.

Upon arrival, transfer onto your Nile cruise boat. Enjoy lunch and a chance to settle into your Presidential Suite, your home for the next four nights.

DAY 9 NILE CRUISE

This morning your touring focuses on the East Bank. Explore the Luxor Temple, a remarkably delicate work of architecture, originally built by Pharaoh Amenophis, and added to by various rulers over the eons. Travel along the extraordinary Avenue of the Sphinxes, viewing some of the remaining statues on this boulevard that once fostered hundreds of human-headed lions that lined both sides. Next, explore the Temple of Karnak, once the main center of worship in ancient Egypt. See the incredible stone forest of massive pillars in the Hypostyle Hall.
Back on board for lunch, relax on the cruise toward Esna. Traveling on the majestic River Nile, filled with 5,000 years of history, you get a glimpse of rural Egyptian life as you pass close by villages with their fishing boats, mud-houses, and towering minarets.

DAY 10 NILE CRUISE

This morning, awake in Edfu, a capital and important regional center in the Old Kingdom due to its large elevated area of fertile land within the floodplain of Upper Egypt. Stop to visit the 2,000-year-old sandstone Temple of Horus, one of the finest examples of Ptolemaic art in Egypt.
Late morning, the cruise continues, sailing to Kom Ombo. Arriving this afternoon, explore the dramatically imposing double Ptolemaic Temple.
Tonight, as we sail to Aswan, enjoy your dinner on board followed by a festive and fun Egyptian Galabya party.

DAY 11 NILE CRUISE

Arrive in Aswan this morning and after breakfast, depart on a sightseeing tour of the city. The first stop is the new High Dam, built in 1970 to control the flooding of the Nile that for millennia has challenged Egyptian life. Learn how its technology and water power was important in Egypt’s history and political positioning.
Next, visit the Island Temple of Philae, a sacred temple complex dedicated to the Goddess Isis. Here you can discover a fusion of three great civilizations – Egyptian, Greek, and Roman.
After a relaxing break for lunch on board, sail on the Nile to visit the Botanical Gardens at Kitchener's Island and admire exotic flora from as far as India and Malaysia.
This evening, savor the last evening of your cruise and enjoy a Nubian Show.

DAY 12 Cairo, Egypt

After an early breakfast on board, disembark and board your charter flight to Abu Simbel. Built by Ramses II, Abu Simbel is a 3,300-year-old temple complex carved out of a hillside next to the Nile. It features two temples one is The Great Temple dedicated to Ramses II. View the statue of him seated with three other gods in the innermost part of the rock-cut temple.
After your visit, board your private charter flight directly to Cairo.

Accommodations: Four Seasons Nile Plaza

DAY 13 Cairo, Egypt

Today, marvel at being in the presence of the last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids. This is a perfect photo opportunity and a chance to ride a camel around the pyramids. Venture inside the Royal Burial Chambers in the Great Pyramid. Next, gaze upon the Great Sphinx of Giza. Standing 65 feet high, it is carved from a single block of limestone. Visit the Giza Solar Boat Museum containing a full-size riverboat, built thousands of years ago.
In the afternoon, drive to Memphis, Egypt’s first capital, where Upper and Lower Egypt were united under the First Dynasty. Visit the magnificently detailed, colossal, recumbent statue of Ramses II. It is made of fine-grained limestone, 43 feet long and weighs 120 tons. See the stunning 80-ton Alabaster Sphinx, carved between 1700 and 1400 BC, the time of the 18th dynasty. Nearby, view the Necropolis of Sakkara, the oldest ancient Egyptian cemetery where the world’s first great stone structure, the Step Pyramid of Zoser, is located. See the Tomb of Ti, containing fascinating wall decorations, which depict the life and customs of the ancient Egyptians.
This evening, return to the Pyramids to enjoy premier seating at the exciting and enchanting Sound and Light Show, which re-enacts the history of the Pyramids and the glory of the Pharaohs.

Accommodations: Four Seasons Nile Plaza

DAY 14 Cairo, Egypt

This morning, enjoy a guided visit to the world-renowned Egyptian Museum, considered one of the most prominent museums in the world. Get a glimpse into Egypt’s mysterious past as you view the many ancient artifacts on display, spanning more than 50 centuries. The second floor is filled with treasures from the tomb of King Tutankhamen, the Royal Mummies and solid silver sarcophagi of the 21st Dynasty Kings.
In the afternoon, explore the largest and oldest bazaar in Cairo, the Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Wander through the brass work and coppersmith markets, and the street of the gold sellers. Fill your senses with the aromas of the spice market, browse through the multitude of hand-woven carpets, and perhaps get fitted in local attire with styles ranging from Bedouin to belly dancing.
Tonight, reminisce with fellow travelers at a festive farewell party.

Accommodations: Four Seasons Nile Plaza

DAY 15 Departure

Bid farewell to the Middle East as you transfer to the Cairo airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.